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Commonly Encountered Appliance Issues and How to Solve Them

When your appliance fails or encounters problems, you’ll most likely be the first to know. The moment your appliance starts acting up means immediate, noticeable issues for you. Here are some common appliance problems, their tell-tale signs and what you can do about them. We hope this handy guide will help you diagnose your problems quicker, and get them fixed sooner.


Fridge not cooling properly.

In this case, your refrigerator’s condenser coils might be dirty. They dissipate heat as the refrigerant goes through them. If they’re dirty, they won’t dissipate heat as effectively or may do it unevenly. The more debris that builds upon these coils, the less efficient your fridge will be and the less evenly it will cool. If cleaning doesn’t do the trick, you may be looking at a more difficult problem such as your condenser or evaporator fans being faulty. In this case, it’s a better idea to call an electrician for parts replacement or repairs.

Leaking water.

This might mean your fridge’s drain is clogged, or frozen over. If the defrost drain is frozen or clogged water will overflow in the drain trough and drip to the bottom and floor of your fridge. Check to see if this part is clogged, and inspect the water tank assembly for any leaks. Remember that leaks in the water tank are small and may be hard to find, but even the smallest fractures will necessitate a replacement tank. Contact Appliance Handyman if neither of these solutions is helping, as you may require a more thorough appraisal of the issues.


Electric Stove won’t heat.

That’s annoying, isn’t it? There are a few possibilities. If it’s a single burner which is not heating, there’s a good chance that it’s only the heating coil and connection. Swap your coil for another one, to see whether the issue is with the coil. If the burner still doesn’t work, rewire the connection and try again.

If the issue is with all the burners and not just one, it’s likely an electrical issue. Check your power connection, test the outlet your stove is connected to and make sure it’s not a blow fuse. If all of this is working properly, the likely problem is one with internal wiring and will require professional repairs.

Gas stove won’t light.

If you have a gas stove, and it’s not lighting, rest assured that it’s most likely an easy fix. Your stove should make a ‘click’ sounds repeatedly if the power is on and the stove dial is set to light, and you should be able to smell gas. If there is no ticking, you have a defective ignition switch and will need a replacement. If there is no gas, there’s an issue with gas connection or flow and you’ll need to check the internal mechanisms.

Electric Stove not adjusting heat properly.

Usually this issue suggests that the invite switch, which is connected to the dial is broken or malfunctioning. If you’re experiencing heating regulation issues with your cook-tops, it will ahet o be replaced or repaired.


The washer is making noises and sounds.

Your dishwasher shouldn’t be making much noise, and any excess noise could indicate a problem. Or, you may just be stacking your dishes too high and preventing one of the spray arms from turning properly. Check to make sure that you aren’t putting larger dishes inside incorrectly. If it’s definitely not a problem with the arms, you may have a defective pump. Consider a replacement or hire an appliance repairman.

The washer doesn’t fill with water, or fills too much.

Take a look at the inlet valve. If the valve is blocked or appears to be causing the issues it may be worthwhile to consult with a professional about replacing it. You can also check the float and float switch, as these parts inform the washer about the right amount of input water. An improperly set float switch stuck on the “fill” setting may also be the cause of overfilling.

The washer doesn’t start.

Before you panic, check your plug, and the fuses that the washer is plugged into. You can also check your circuit breaker as a last resort. If none of these are the cause of the trouble, check your door latch. Sometimes, a blockage to the door latch will cause problems, as dishwashers are programmed not to start with an open door. You can also inspect the electronic controls or timer panel. We recommend consulting with a professional repairman if the problem cannot be fixed outright.

Washing Machine Issues

Washing Machine won’t drain.

Take a deep breath and relax, because this one is usually simpler than it is messy. Just remove the drain pump and check that there’s nothing blocking it, like a wad of socks or paper towel, or other small objects. If there’s nothing there, consider replacing the pump or calling a repair person to find out the real problem.

Washer refuse to spin.

You don’t want to manually spin your washer, and your clothes don’t wash properly without the spinning of your washer. To fix this issue, you can first inspect the lid switch assembly. If the switch fails, or falls into an improper position the washer will believe the lid is open, and not spin. Check using a multimeter to test the lid switch, and replace it. If this isn’t the case, you can inspect the belt drive to see if it’s broken loose on the pulleys. If broken, replace it, if loose, simply tighten it.

The washer is leaking water.

Your drain pipe pump is responsible for pumping water out of your drain hose. If the drain pump is cracked or damaged, the pump may leak water. Unfortunately, you can’t repair this issue and will need to replace the whole pump. Another possibility is that your tub seal is torn and leaking as a result of the tear. The water then leaks into the bearings, which can cause them to fail. It’s usually a good idea to replace both the tub seal and the bearings if this is the case. This repair is quite complicated, and will require a good technician as well as spare parts.


No heating during the drying cycle.

This problem is likely caused by a bad thermal fuse. Take off the back panel of your dryer to get access, and unplug all the wires from the terminus. Pull out the fuse to check for breaks, and replace it with an identical one if found.

The dryer doesn’t work at all.

There are a few different causes and solutions to this issue. First, you can check if the power is off. Check the voltage at the outlet, and determine if any power is reaching the appliance. You can also check your breaker or fuse box for failures, and last plug your appliance into another outlet to check if that one is the cause of the problem.

Another possibility is a bad terminal block. To fix this, you’ll need to remove your power cord and access the panel. Use the multimeter to check the voltage at the terminal block. If nothing goes, you may need to call in a technician for part replacement.

Microwave Issues

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The microwave does not heat.

This is a very common problem: we see people complain about irregular heat distribution, or heating cessation all the time. The most common reason for this problem is magnetron failure. A magnetron uses the high voltage that helps the microwave cook food, and can be damaged if the microwave is turned on while empty. A burned magnetron should be replaced as soon as possible. Other possible causes of the issue are capacitor burn, faulty diodes and transformer failures. Check with a local technician today to effectively diagnose the problem.

Microwave runs but stops.

There may be an issue with your door switch or transformer. Often times, this fix will require electrical work or parts replacement and is usually too complicated for DIY repairs. Contact us today with detailed symptoms for more accurate diagnosis.

The plate doesn’t spin, causing my food to be cooked IRREGULARLY!

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Your food’s lumpy inconsistency aside, there’s nothing we hate more than biting into a half-frozen half searing hot-pocket, so we feel your pain. One of the possible reasons for your plate not spinning could be that the motor is burned out or worn, and may need to be replaced. Another possibility is an issue with the main control board. We think microwaves are significantly more complicated than ovens for this exact reason: there is a lot of internal programming which can go wrong. Call us today for a more accurate diagnosis, as there is little we can do without actually seeing the problem.

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